Faculty & Staff
Dr. Patricia Robertson
Professor of MusicOffice Location: SHM 162
Phone: (765) 998-5256
Specialties: Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Music History, Music Direction for Music Theater and Opera
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Patricia C. Robertson, D.A., M.M., BS Mus Ed.
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989
Phone: (765) 998-5256
Office: SHM 162
Born: March 30, 1954
Spouse: Fritz S. Robertson
DA, Ball State University, July 1998.
- Primary Area: Vocal Performance; Secondary Area: Music History
- Dissertation: “The Art Song: A Practical Investigation of Art Song Literature, Composers and Musico-poetic Structure for the Collegiate Singer, Accompanied by a Performance-based Interpretation Workbook”
- Lecture-recital: “Selected Lieder of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, 1805-1847”
MM, Ball State University, May 1989.
Thesis: “The Influence of German Baroque continuo song and Italian da capo aria Evident in Handel’s Neun deutsche Arien”
BS in Music Education, University of Maine, May 1977
Professor of Music, Taylor University, 1998-present (Full Professor, 2008; Tenured, 2004; Associate Professor of Music, 2002; Assistant Professor of Music, 1998)
Act as Coordinator of Vocal Studies, teach a variety of courses, and advise BM, BA and BMEd students. Courses taught include Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, and Music History and Literature I. Additional courses taught have included Opera Theatre, Diction, and Music History and Literature II. Frequently act as Music Director for fully staged productions in Music Theater (Kiss Me Kate, Godspell, A Christmas Carol, Adventures of Tom Sawyer) and in Opera Theatre (Dido & Aeneas, Magic Flute, Bartered Bride, Marriage of Figaro, Périchole, Pirates of Penzance and Gondoliers).
Ball State University, Instructor of Music, 1990-1991
Taught Applied Voice and Music Appreciation.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
- Taylor University, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Mini-Grant Award, Critical Thinking in Music History, 2011
- Ball State University, College of Fine Arts, Alumni Achievement Citation, 2006.
- Mu Phi Epsilon, International Research Competition, awarded 1st place for doctoral research outside the dissertation process, 1990.
Art Song: Performance-based Interpretation (Upland, IN: Taylor University Press; 2006). Collegiate Text and Interpretation Workbook.
St. James Opera Encyclopedia, edited by John Guinn and Les Stone (Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1997). Contributed seven signed articles on American opera, composers and singers.
International Dictionary of Opera, edited by C. Steven Larue (London: St. James Press, 1993). Contributed nine signed articles on American opera, composers and singers.
PUBLICATIONS (ARTICLES & CONTRIBUTIONS)
“Producing Accurate Recital Program Copy: An Annotate Style Sheet” Journal of Singing (September 2005).
“Early American Singing Organizations and
RECITALS & PERFORMANCES
Lecture Recital: A la famiglia, 2010
Presented a duo lecture recital that explored the relationships and musical offerings of composers with family ties—including J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel, Robert & Clara Schumann, Sidney Homer and Samuel Barber; as well as the operatic dynasty of Manuel Garcia and his children Maria Malibran, Pauline Viardot and Manuel Marcia, Jr. Krannert Fine Arts Center, Anderson University (October 21, 2010) and Performing Artists Series, Taylor University (Oct. 25, 2010).
Recital: An Evening of Art Songs and Duets, 2008
Performed a duo recital featuring 20th century works by Virgil Thomson, Xavier Montsalvage, Joaquin Turina and Rick Vale. Patricia Robertson, mezzo soprano, Fritz Robertson, tenor and Dianne Sprunger, piano; Krannert Fine Arts Center, Anderson University (October 9, 2008); Performing Artist Series, Taylor University (October 23, 2008).
Boze Lyric Opera Theatre, Britten’s Albert Herring (Mum), 2008.
Performed as guest artist in Benjamin Britten’s opera Albert Herring (Mrs. Herring). Bose Lyric Theatre, Anderson University (February 2008).
Recital: Concierto de Opera, Cuenca, Ecuador, 2007
Performed a duo recital featuring works by North American and Cuban composers (Jean Berger, Virgil Thomson, Xavier Montsalvage, Ernesto Lecuona, Arthur Farwell, Leonard Bernstein). Patricia Robertson, mezzo soprano, Fritz Robertson, tenor, Dianne Sprunger, piano. The recital was a joint venture between Taylor University, Radio Familia (Verbo Ministries) and the Banco Central del Ecuador, Cuenca, Ecuador. (March 28, 2007)
Mennonite Chorale Society, Handel’s Messiah, 2005.
Performed as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mennonite Chorale Society, First Mennonite Church, Berne, IN (December 2005).
Northminster Fine Arts Series, Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, 2004.
Performed as soloist in J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, Northminster Chancel Choir & Orchestra, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis (December 2004).
Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah, 2003.
Performed as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Phillippe Performing Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University (December 2003);
Indiana Wesleyan University, Handel’s Messiah, 2001.
Performed as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Phillippe Performing Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University (December 2001);
Bach and the Music of Cuba, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, 2001.
Performed as soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, on the opening Festival concert, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA (June 2001).
Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, 2001
Performed as soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music at farewell gala for Raymond Leppard, Indianapolis IN. (May 2001).
Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria, 2001.
Performed as soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rediger Chapel, Taylor University (February 2001).
The Music of Bach and Forward, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, 2000.
Performed as soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, on the opening Festival concert . Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA ( June 2000).
PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARLY ORGANIZATIONS—PAST AND PRESENT
- NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Indiana Chapter, president, 2009-12
- Mu Phi Epsilon (Music Sorority)
- Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society
- Kappa Delta Pi, National Education Honor Society
- American Musicological Society
- Sonneck Society (American Music)